Mrs. Rita Ross
Department: Fine Arts
Mrs. Rita Ross is the coordinator of the Fine Arts Department at OLL. She teaches Advanced Placement Art, Art I, Art II, and Screen Printing. Mrs. Ross studied at the New York Studio School and received her MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University where she studied with Andrew Forge, William Bailey and James DeMartino. Mrs. Ross began teaching at New Haven University and earned her teaching certification K-12 for art education at SUNY New Paltz. Mrs. Ross is a teacher as well as a practicing artist and brings a thorough foundation in representational drawing and painting technique to her teaching. She lives with her family in Clintondale and shows her work regionally.
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Art II- Mrs. Ross
January 2015, Art II
Mittens: Students practice four basic stitches and try more elaborate embroidery stitches for extra credit. They will sew their initials on fleece and create a pair of mittens. They will watch an on-line segment about the famous Bayeux Tapestry which illustrates in needlework the Norman conquest of England in 1066.
Art I- Mrs. Ross
March 2015 - Art I
Studio Project: Students will create a “tapestry” made from papers in their backpacks, old art projects, wrappers and packaging from foods that they eat and any other items that provide visual evidence of their daily lives and activities. This project is inspired by the work of contemporary African artist El Anatsui who creates enormous wall size sheets made out of discarded stuff in his environment such as bottle caps, aluminum cans and wax cartons. His artwork is a commentary on global consumerism. Students will begin by watching an excellent DVD on the artist. They will write about the narrative inherent in this work.
Scrn Print-Mrs. Ross
January 2015, Screen Printing
1. Book Project: Finish the book project. It should demonstrate various dying and screen printing processes. This is a semester long project and will count as a major portion of the midterm grade. Students should include interests, accplishments, and important names and dates.